Sep 06, 2009 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
To a man, the Vernon Verona Sherrill football team sees the 2009 season as a chance to pay back all those foes that beat them up last fall, when the Red Devils finished last in Class B East.
With an older, more mature and more confident lineup, VVS began with a flourish on Saturday afternoon, outscoring Skaneateles 45-29 in a game played on the turf at Marcellus High School because the Lakers’ new artificial turf field was not quite ready.
Several key starters for the Red Devils, including quarterback Tyler Mautner and skill players Colin Way, Dylan Guider and Tyler Curtis, are begiinning their junior seasons, and showed Skaneateles that they are far removed from their sophomore struggles.
For its part, the Lakers had good early chances to show that it was different from last year’s struggles, too, with some early gems on the defensive side.
Cal Winkleman stopped Way on a fourth-down attempt on the Red Devils’ first possession. Minutes later, when Mautner threw a pass into the flat, Kyle McQuiggan got a jump and had a clear path to the other end zone – only he dropped the potential interception.
That proved quite important, for VVS turned that missed Skaneateles opportunity into a touchdown drive, Mautner scoring on a two-yard plunge.
An even bigger sequence came just before the first quarter ended. Skaneateles drove inside the Red Devils’ 10, only to get stopped short of an answering touchdown.
On the first play after a turnover on downs, Way found a hole on the left side and took off, the 5-11, 200-pound junior rumbling 87 yards for the longest TD run of his career. Instead of possibly falling behind, VVS now led 12-0, and would not get caught.
In a wild second quarter, the Lakers found the end zone twice, as quarterback Tom Schoener and running back Dylan VanHoltz both scored on two-yard runs.
VVS kept answering, though, with a potent passing game. Mautner threw 46 yards to Curtis for one TD, then hit Guider on a 45-yard scoring strike. As a capper, Mautner hit Aaron Owens on an eight-yard TD pass just three seconds before halftime to make it 32-14 at the break.
Though it didn’t need any more points, VVS gained a cushion with more big plays, as Mautner threw his fourth TD pass, a 61-yard strike to Curtis, and Way found another big hole for a 55-yard TD run in the late going.
Battling all the way to the end, Skaneateles got TD runs from McQuiggan and Seth Weiss in the fourth quarter – but the deficit was too big to overcome.
In a strange twist, VVS plays on that exact same field this Friday night – against Marcellus, who toppled Chittenango 18-6 in its opener at the Carrier Dome. with Mautner and the Mustangs’ highly-touted Will Fiacchi present, there’s bound to be a lot of passing.
Meanwhile, Skaneateles is set to host South Jefferson, who lost its first game of the season 25-6 to Watertown – if the turf is ready.
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